Call for Volunteers!

Carol Tomassetti and the Waterfront Advisory Board are looking for volunteers to become part of the team that helps to cut the invasive water chestnut weeds from Freer Town & Light House Park. Their team works from mid-June through mid-August operating a river-based weed harvesting machine called Chester.  It's a great chance to be on the river and to make a difference for the town.

An informational meeting will be held at Freer Beach on Thursday, May 30th 2019 at 6:30 PM. This meeting is recommended for anyone new; anyone who is considering cutting and wants to learn more as well as experienced cutters who want to get a refresher on some of the procedures and approaches learned and implemented over the years.

A hands-on training session is planned for June 4th, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the Town of Esopus Highway Department located at 324 Mountain View Avenue in Ulster Park.

Carol asks that any interested participants read over a training module she has prepared ahead of time, as volunteers will need to sign off that they have read the included safety information before being able to operate Chester.

The boat plans on going out for the first time June 10th; cutting and harvesting the weeds will begin in the following days.

To sign up or for additional information and updates on meeting times, email Carol at or call (845) 594-9045.